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1 Introduction to CCDs Claudio Cumani for ITMNR-5 Optical Detector Team - European Southern Observatoryfor ITMNR-5Fifth International Topical Meeting on Neutron RadiographyTechnische Universität München, Garching, July 26, 2004
2 CCDs - IntroductionCharge Coupled Devices (CCDs) were invented in October 19, 1969, by William S. Boyle and George E. Smith at Bell Telephone Laboratories(“A new semiconductor device concept has been devised which shows promise of having wide application”, article on Bell System Technical Journal, 49, (April 1970).CCDs are electronic devices, which work by converting light into electronic charge in a silicon chip (integrated circuit). This charge is digitised and stored as an image file on a computer.
27 CCD structureA CCD is a two-dimensional array of metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitorsThe charges are stored in the depletion region of the MOS capacitorsCharges are moved in the CCD circuit by manipulating the voltages on the gates of the capacitors so as to allow the charge to spill from one capacitor to the next (thus the name “charge-coupled” device)A charge detection amplifier detects the presence of the charge packet, providing an output voltage that can be processedThe CCD is a serial device where charge packets are read one at a time.
28 CCD structure - 1 Image area (exposed to light) Charge motionImage area(exposed to light)Parallel (vertical) registersPixelSerial (horizontal) registerOutput amplifiermasked area(not exposed to light)
29 CCD structure - 2 Channel stops to define the columns of the image Plan ViewTransparenthorizontal electrodesto define the pixelsvertically. Alsoused to transfer thecharge during readoutOne pixelElectrodeInsulating oxiden-type siliconp-type siliconCross section
30 Photomicrograph of a corner of an EEV CCD 160mmImage AreaSerial RegisterBus wiresEdge ofSiliconRead Out Amplifier
31 Full-Frame CCD Image area = parallel registers Charge motionCharge motionMasked area = serial register
32 Frame-Transfer CCD Storage (masked) area Image area Serial register Charge motionSerial register
35 Photoelectric Effect - 1 Atoms in a silicon crystal have electronsarranged in discrete energy bands:Valence BandConduction BandConduction BandIncreasing energy1.12 eVValence Band
36 Photoelectric Effect - 2 The electrons in the valence band can be excited into the conduction band by heating or by the absorption of a photonphotonphotonHole Electron
37 Potential Well - 1Diode junction: the n-type layer contains an excess of electrons that diffuse into the p-layer. The p-layer contains an excess of holes that diffuse into the n-layer (depletion region, region where majority charges are ‘depleted’ relative to their concentrations well away from the junction’).The diffusion creates a charge imbalance and induces an internal electric field (Buried Channel).Electric potentialnpPotential along this line shownin graph above.Cross section through the thickness of the CCD
38 Potential Well - 2During integration of the image, one of the electrodes in each pixel is held at a positive potential. Thisfurther increases the potential in the silicon below that electrode and it is here that the photoelectrons are accumulated. The neighboring electrodes, with their lower potentials, act as potential barriers that define the vertical boundaries of the pixel. The horizontal boundaries are defined by the channel stops.Electric potentialRegion of maximumpotentialnp
39 Charge collection in a CCD - 1 Photons entering the CCD create electron-hole pairs. The electrons are then attracted towards the most positive potential in the device where they create ‘charge packets’. Each packet corresponds to one pixelboundarypixelincomingphotonsboundarypixelElectrode Structuren-type siliconCharge packetp-type siliconSiO2 Insulating layer
40 Charge transfer in a CCD +5V0V-5V2+5V0V-5V1+5V0V-5V3123Time-slice shown in diagram
46 Performance functions Charge generationQuantum Efficiency (QE), Dark CurrentCharge collectionfull well capacity, pixels size, pixel uniformity,defects, diffusion (Modulation TransferFunction, MTF)Charge transferCharge transfer efficiency (CTE),defectsCharge detectionReadout Noise (RON), linearity
47 Photon absorption length SemiconductorT (K) (ECond – EVal) (eV)c (nm)CdS2952.4500CdSe1.8700GaAs1.35920Si1.121110Ge0.671850PbS0.422950InSb0.186900c: beyond this wavelengthCCDs become insensitive.
48 (Thick) front-side illuminated CCDs Incoming photonsp-type siliconn-type silicon625 mPolysilicon electrodeslow QE (reflection and absorption of light in the surface electrodes)No anti-reflective coating possible (for electrode structure)Poor blue response
49 (Thin) back-side illuminated CCDs Anti-reflective (AR) coatingIncoming photonsp-type siliconn-type siliconSilicon dioxide insulating layer15mPolysilicon electrodesSilicon chemically etched and polished down to a thickness of about 15microns.Light enters from the rear and so the electrodes do not obstruct the photons. The QE can approach 100% .Become transparent to near infra-red light and poor red responseResponse can be boosted by the application of anti-reflective coating on the thinned rear-sideExpensive to produce
58 Read-Out NoiseMainly caused by thermally induced motions of electrons in the output amplifier. These causesmall noise voltages to appear on the output. This noise source, known as Johnson Noise, can bereduced by cooling the output amplifier or by decreasing its electronic bandwidth. Decreasing thebandwidth means that we must take longer to measure the charge in each pixel, so there is always a trade-off between low noise performance and speed of readout.The graph below shows the trade-off between noise and readout speed for an EEV4280 CCD.
59 CCD defects - 2Dark columns: caused by ‘traps’ that block the vertical transfer of charge during image readout.Traps can be caused by crystal boundaries in the silicon of the CCD or by manufacturing defects.Although they spoil the chip cosmetically, dark columns are not a big problem (removed by calibration).
60 CCD defects - 2Bright columns are also caused by traps . Electrons contained in such traps can leak out during readout causing a vertical streak.Hot Spots are pixels with higher than normal dark current. Their brightness increases linearly with exposure timesSomewhat rarer are light-emitting defects which are hot spots that act as tiny LEDS and cause a halo of light on the chip.BrightColumnCluster ofHot SpotsCosmic rays
61 CCD defects - 3 Dark column Hot spots and bright columns Bright first image row caused byincorrect operation of signalprocessing electronics.
62 “The CCD is an almost perfect detector” Ian S. McLean - Craig Mackay CCDs:- small, compact, rugged, stable, low-power devices- excellent, near-perfect sensitivity over a wide range in wavelengths- wide dynamic range (from low to high light levels)- no image distortion (pixel fixed by construction)- easily connected to computer“The CCD is an almost perfect detector”Ian S. McLean - Craig Mackay
63 “The only uniform CCD is a dead CCD” Craig Mackay
64 CCD Calibration - 1 Bias: exposure time = 0, no light shows variations in electronic response across the CCDFlat Field: exposure time 0, uniform lightshows variations in the sensitivity of the pixels across the CCDDark Frame: exposure time 0, no lightshows variations in dark current generation across the CCD
65 CCD calibration - 2 Dark Frame Flat Field Dark frame shows a number of bright defects on the chipFlat field shows a pattern on the chip created during manufacture and a slight loss of sensitivity in two corners of the imageSome dust spots are also visibleDark FrameFlat Field
66 CCD calibration - 3 If there is significant dark current present: Science FrameDark FrameScience-Dark-BiasOutput ImageBias ImageSc-Dark-BiasFlat-Dark-BiasFlat-Dark-BiasFlat Field Image
67 CCD Calibration - 4 If negligible dark current Science Frame Science -BiasBias ImageOutput ImageScience -BiasFlat-BiasFlat-BiasFlat Field Image
68 A CCD CameraThermally Electrical feed-through Vacuum Space Pressure vessel Pump PortInsulatingPillarsFace-plateTelescope beam..Boil-off.Optical window CCD CCD Mounting Block Thermal coupling Nitrogen can Activated charcoal ‘Getter’Focal Planeof Telescope
69 Acknowledgmentspictures at pages 4-27, 30, 36-37, 39-47, have been taken or adapted from: Simon Tulloch, "Activity 1 : Introduction to CCDs“,pictures at pages 50-52, 56-57, 61-63, have been taken or adapted from: Simon Tulloch, "Activity 2 : Use of CCD Cameras“pictures at pages 55, 60, 70 have been taken or adapted from: Simon Tulloch, "Activity 3 : Advanced CCD Techniques"Simon Tulloch’s documents are available atpicture at page 31 has been taken from: Howell, S.B, "Handbook of CCD Astronomy", Cambridge University Presspictures at pages have been adapted frompicture at page 49 has been taken from: Rieke, G.H. 1994, "Detection of Light: From the Ultraviolet to the Submillimeter", Cambridge University Presspictures at pages 53 have been taken from: "Applied Scintillation Technologies” data sheets available at